Whenever Congress decides to take on Israel/Palestine, you know it’s time for some pandering that ranges from the hilarious to the infuriating. Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee took on a package of five Israel/Palestine-related bills and resolutions, and they were all approved. If you have the stomach for it, you can watch the kookiness here. If not, here’s a quick summary: Two resolutions, H.Res.138 and H.Res.326, offer Washington-standard support for a two-state solution, affirming a special relationship with Israel and only leveling criticism of Palestinians. Shamefully, language about “bringing an end to the occupation” was removed H.R.1850 and H.R.1837 were about sanctions on anyone connected with a designated terrorist organization, and about greater US-Israeli cooperation regarding military technology, respectively. And then there was a particularly terrible one: H.Res. 246 is an anti-BDS resolution mischaracterizing the BDS campaign with distortions and flat-out lies. But if you don’t like the assault on our rights, you’ll want to hear this: Rep. Ilhan Omar offered H.Res. 496, a resolution which simply affirms the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to engage in boycotts. That resolution has six cosponsors, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. This is an important one, so take a minute to tell your representative to join them in affirming our right to boycott.

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